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Wes Ward was most recently the Western Regional Geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) (2003-2008), capping a 33-year career with the USGS. Prior to that he was the Chief of the USGS’s Astrogeology Program for seven years and on central and western regional geological mapping teams before that. Dr. Ward received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1978 in geomorphology and planetary geology. Prior to that he earned his M.S. (1975) from the University of Washington in volcanic geology, and his B.S. in geology from Washington State University (1973). His primary research interests are the history of the Columbia River Basalts and eolian depositional and erosional features and patterns on Earth and Mars.
In addition to USGS research and leadership duties, Dr. Ward has served on many external community, academic, and scientific advisory panels, including service to AGI, AZGS, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (AZ), GSA, NASA, NSF, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona. He was named a GSA Fellow in 1993 and has been two-term President of the member society NABGG. He has hosted symposia at Annual Meetings on Environmental Justice (1995, 1996, and 1997), the education, recruitment, and professional development of women and ethnic minorities in the geosciences; co-hosted a sectional meeting symposium on the alluvial history of the Southwest (1986); been member of the Presidential Commission on the Environmental Sustainability (1996-2000) and the Nominations Committee (2005-07); and member and two-term Chair of the Committee on Women and Minorities (now Diversity) (1989-1994).

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